• tulip blossom, single tulip, alone, out of touch
    Christian Themes,  Faith,  Mental Health,  Self-care

    Feeling Out of Touch?

    Are you feeling out of touch these days? Here in Oregon, our pandemic guidelines label sheltering as “stay at home” since March 23, 2020, “until further notice.” But there are states where residents are no longer sheltering in place, or in what some call lockdown.    But there are some in our communities who live alone 365 days each year. Others live in retirement or assisted living communities and yet live alone. Still, others are, because of disease or illness, isolated from the rest of us.   So, let’s think about feeling out of touch. Even though my husband and I live in the same house, there are times we…

  • spring, tulip, white tulip, daily changes
    Changes,  Faith,  Scripture

    Day by Day

    Day by day things are changing in miniscule and massive ways it seems. Especially in this pandemic state we find ourselves living in.  It is like spring changing in small ways day by day. And then one morning the tree outside your window is a burst of color.   Blossoms unfurl their petals. Trees turn blossoms into fruit. Grass pushes through the earth to create a bright green lawn. Buds are everywhere. Future blossoms on camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, peonies, tulips, daffodils, and more.   Some of the day by day changes aren’t so lovely as these. Let’s pull out a random change—I pick grocery shopping! Right about now I…

  • Tulips, pink
    Health and Self-Care,  Reflections

    Hope

    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ~~ Desmond Tutu       Hope is a rather small word. Only four letters and one syllable. Yet people have survived unimaginable accidents, imprisonments, and illnesses. When asked how they held on, most answered continuous hope. That symbolizes a good deal of power in a four-letter word, only one syllable.   How is it such a small word can do so much?   From a base of hope, we see courage, confidence, and happiness arise. These qualities become a coping strategy at a time of difficulty or grief or illness. I’ve had many surgeries…

  • Essay,  Miscellaneous,  Opinion

    Turbulent and Emotional Times (Part II)

    Last week I posted my thoughts and opinions on the turbulent journey we are facing. It was not an uplifting nor light piece.Today I want to bring hope and light to the page. I believe we have to react with hope and faith in order not to normalize what is happening in our government. Hope coupled with faith helps me hold my personal beliefs strong and founded on solid ground.

  • Methow Valley, Winthrop WA, wildflowers
    Domestic Abuse,  Guest Post,  Healing through Writing,  Memoir,  Writing

    Writing as a Pathway to Healing by Guest Kathy Pooler

    Today my guest is Kathy Pooler, author of Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away from Emotional Abuse. My review of Kathy’s memoir is here. As part of her WOW! Women on Writing blog tour, Kathy shares her thoughts and beliefs about writing as a pathway to healing. Join us in the comment section to share your own thoughts about the relationship between writing and healing. Welcome, Kathy!   I know from personal experience that writing has a healing effect. From the age of eleven when I received a pink journal with a lock and key, I have written my way through my life challenges. Writing in my journal always makes me feel like…